Welcome Along on My Journey -- Please Enjoy & Come Back Again

Welcome and enjoy. To look at any painting or photo please double click on the picture to take a closer look and if you'd like to purchase please email me at neelygomezart@q.com

I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Exciting News and Overdue for an Update

Since I last updated this art blog I've been pretty busy and have some exciting news too.  Although it's taken me almost a month to update I'll try and keep it brief.

Just after updating last month we had visitors from the state of Washington who stayed with us during the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow that is held every year in Albuquerque.  We hosted seven or eight, one 17 years of age, a jingle dancer representing the Wanapum of Priest Rapids who has been featured in National Geographic magazine. Her mother is a dear friend of 24 years.

I was asked to do a commissioned painting and here is a picture of the original
oil painting "With Gratitude and Affection" I painted on 10"x8" canvas.  I needed to overnight ship it and upon receipt the new owner emailed me "I absolutely love it, well worth every penny and more!"  Beautiful words to an artist's ear.

I received this photograph from "Let's Paint New
Mexico" for their Challenge 10 and then will post my oil painting submission "Mother's Day Sanctuario 2015" on 10"x8" canvas framed and available for purchase and hanging.  It has now been framed in a beautiful silver frame and is available for purchase directly from me.

I bought my own domain and am in the process of posting my artwork available for purchase online using an online shopping cart.  Please check out my new website at neelygomez.com keeping in mind that it is a work in progress, though I believe I'm off to a good start.  I have also been busy having available artwork beautifully framed.  Here is just one example. It is my original acrylic and oil painting "Bright Contrasts" on 16"x12" canvas.

We have been having visitors to our backyard in the form of feathered friends.  I want to end my updating with a few pictures of the beautiful Western Tanager we have been blessed with having over the course of the past couple of weeks. This morning we actually saw two an have also had Orioles, our resident hawk and now have a Phoebe or Flycatcher camped out in her nest above our front porch sconce waiting for the arrival of her babies.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Grateful to be Busy, Behind on Updating -- Here We Go!

Since updating last it seems I got so busy I fell behind in my posting, so please indulge me as I try to include all that's been going on and the inspiration and motivation behind my creativity.

First I was sent the photo to the left for Challenge 8 of Let's Paint
New Mexico and the photo to the right is my rendition of this challenge.  It is a 10"x8" oil painting I titled "Truckin' Around Arroyo Seco".  I'm enjoying the challenges through the photos sent as I get to decide what to include, leave out, and additions all my own.

Next as I found myself looking at photos I took in 2013 of our beautiful backyard flowers and visiting birds I was inspired to paint my original oil painting on 8"x10" canvas "Sipping the Nectar" of a gorgeous oriole at my hummingbird feeder.

One of the reasons I began looking at the older photos was that it was a rather cold and windy day here in New Mexico and I needed a bit of motivation to plant my flower seeds.  Those photos gave me just the right motivation and I'm happy to say that the next day after painting I threw my wildflower seeds, added compost to the top, watered it all and am now waiting for my first flowers to pop up their heads from the soil.

One of the paintings I did for Challenge 7, I believe it was, for Let's Paint New Mexico I did several renditions of and had it framed.  I really like the way that the finished oil painting I named "Ying & Yang in Lavender" looks in this frame.  I could trim the edges of the photo for this blog, though I like the perspective and feel I get from seeing the framed painting at it's actual size.

Next I finished the sky of an original oil painting on 10"x8" canvas where I used a palette knife to paint in the rocky cliffs "Cliffs of Palette" shown here to the left.  I like trying my hand at different effects and mediums as, in life, I love the challenge and variety.

Next was Challenge 9 by Let's Paint New Mexico.  I like the variations in color and depth and painted my
first version which I named "Amongst the Trees".  It is an oil painting on 10"x8" canvas.  I liked my original version, especially the little adobe building in the background though as I kept looking at it I wasn't thrilled with the grass color and/or trees in the foreground.  This led to my reworking the painting for my final submission to Let's Paint New Mexico.  Below are the photos of all three (the photo I was sent, my first version and my final submission for Challenge 9).

Currently I have just finished working with a printer locally to have cards of the eight paintings on display at Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque so that if anyone would like to have a piece of my artwork at a very reasonable price they can purchase it on a card until they can afford to buy one of my original paintings.  Also I am currently working on a commissioned 10"x8" original oil painting though won't be able to post any photos of it until it is finished and presented, probably late or end of May.

Friday, March 27, 2015

My First Gallery Representation at Essence Gallery & Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque

My exciting news is that the owner of Essence Gallery & Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque is now representing my artwork in her gallery in Old Town and yesterday we took the ten paintings to the right in to be displayed and available for purchase.  So, if you are in the area please stop in.  It is a beautiful two story gallery with a variety of colorful, fun and wonderful artwork and creations.  Make sure you visit the second floor as this is where my art is being displayed.  I'm grateful to Jillian Maresco for connecting with me and asking me if I would let her represent my artwork in Old Town and to my husband, family, friends and art friends on this art blog, Facebook and Twitter for giving me opportunities I never expected and am more than excited about.

More exciting news will be upcoming in the next few weeks so please come back and visit again and thank you for your interest in my artwork.

Update on Challenge 7 Let's Paint New Mexico - "Ying & Yang in Lavender" and #twitterartexhibit, Moss, Norway

Pictured above is the photograph sent to all participants of "Let's
Paint New Mexico" a couple of weeks ago for Challenge 7.  To the left is my initial acrylic under painting and to the right is my submission "Ying & Yang in Lavender" oil painting, both are on the same 10"x8" canvas.

The #twitterartexhibit was held in Moss, Norway beginning March 12, 2015 and was to run through March 26th, however, it has been such a success that it has been extended through tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th.  I was notified by the founder, David Sandum, that my postcard sized submission (Taos Inspiration, shown in a previous blog post) was no longer on the rotational display which means that it sold. Next year the #twitterartexhibit will be held in New York City and I am excited about the prospect of being a participant again and maybe even being able to attend for my first time.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Challenge 6 of "Let's Paint New Mexico 2015" & #TwitterArtExhibit Opens in Moss, Norway

To the left is the photo sent to all participants of "Let's Paint New Mexico 2015" for Challenge 6.  Each photo provided for the challenge is usually sent out to all of us on Sunday night and a new photo provided the following Sunday night.  I have been enjoying having my submission in within the week after receiving them until this one arrived two weeks ago tomorrow.  I'm happy to say I was only a few days over the weekly deadline I've silently placed on myself.  As you can see in the photo the sky was pretty much colorless.

To the right is my 10"x8" oil painting on canvas "Pedernal from the Rio" submission for Challenge 6. I decided that because of the subdued light I would make the sky in my painting a bit cloudy. I'm happy with the way it turned out. 

The #TwitterArtExhibit opened in Moss, Norway yesterday.  Artists from around the globe submitted one postcard sized work of art in different mediums and different subjects. Each of these postcards are being sold at the Moss Public Library for $35 each with 100% of the profit benefiting Homestart of Moss.  So many postcards were submitted that they are being displayed and sold on a rotating basis for the duration of the exhibit.  This year there will be no online sales, however, it is already a huge success.  Opening night more postcards were sold and profit made than the entire event held in 2010.  What a wonderful tribute and success for all those involved, especially the founder of the event, David Sandum.  It has been so enriching and wonderful for me to be involved with this event the past three years.  My postcard submission has not been rotated into the exhibit as of yet.  My hope is that someone has as much enthusiasm for these small pieces of art at such an affordable price that will bring even more success and benefit to Homestart of Moss.  Next year #TwitterArtExhibit will be held in New York City.  Stay tuned for more information and updates on both this year's event and the upcoming 2016 event.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Challenges 4 and 5 of "Let's Paint New Mexico" and my Process

To the left is the photo  "Let's Paint New Mexico" 2015 sent as Challenge 4.  I decided to go back to my process learned through an art workshop with sketching out the subject matter and then using tonal shadings to start.  My first sketch is to the right.

To the left is more sketching
and watercolor added. I then decided that rather than doing my usual oil painting I would try out my new Arches Watercolour Paper I'd just received and do a watercolor translation for this challenge. To the right is the final watercolor rendering I did as my submission for Challenge 4.  I named this 9"x12" watercolor "Terra-cotta Taos".

For Challenge 5 I was sent the photo to the left and to the right is my 8"x10" oil painting submission "Nature of New Mexico".

I had just finished painting my submission for Challenge 5 of "Let's Paint New Mexico" when my cousin in Oklahoma passed away.  She had Alzheimer's, had been placed on hospice just weeks before and was blessed to have had a visit by many family members just weeks before.  Her husband passed away last year just after both of her brothers had passed within weeks of each other.  In the process of trying to comfort her granddaughter I found a photograph that was taken when my cousin and her brothers were just children.  That photo was such a comfort to me and others in our family.  In it an aunt had her arms wrapped around my cousin, in back of her were my parents, her mother, and an uncle who had his hands on one of her brothers shoulders.  All in the photo were laughing and smiling.  All with the exception of my mom have now passed and the comfort comes from knowing that they are all together again.  Each day of life is a gift, I'm so grateful God has blessed me with many gifts and the ability to share them with others.

The picture to the left is the inspirational little teapot I used to paint "Fascinated by the Teapot" an original 10"x8" acrylic.  The teapot was a gift from my mother-in-law and I continue to do paintings of it here and there, always fascinated by it.

In December I started painting a birdhouse for a dear friend.  Here is a picture of the first of a variety of different scenes and painting I'm doing on the sides of it for her.
I have some exciting news coming up though saving my announcements for a post closer to the end of the month.  Please come back and visit.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Growing Creatively

"Sandia Backdrop"
Dr. Lonnie Peets with her purchase
To the left is my framed oil painting "Sandia Backdrop" I painted for my chiropractor and friend, Dr. Lonnie Peets which I delivered to her today.  To the right is Dr. Peets very happily holding the painting which will be auctioned off this coming Friday at her equine association ball silent auction.

I'm very grateful for the opportunities which have been presenting themselves to me and for the wonderful network of friends I have accumulated in the past couple of years.  I am walking through many fears as I grow creatively as an artist and also find that as I gain confidence and encouragement from others I become more willing to take the risks needed to be successful.  I am often reminded of something Julia Cameron talks about in her book "The Artist's Way" which started me out on the path of being an artist "Leap and the net will appear".  I am leaping and the net is, so far, appearing.  Thanks to my creator for always having my back and always giving that nudge, love and acceptance I need.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Enjoying Family, Friends, the Creative Life

To the left is the 10"x8" oil painting on canvas "Sandia Backdrop" I painted for my chiropractor and friend for her equine association ball and silent auction coming up next week.  I fit in finishing it up between a busy week and a visit from out of state family.  All that is needed now is to frame it and take it to her.

We enjoyed having family visit and the reminiscing as well as light and laughter!

To the right is the photo I was sent by "Let's Paint New Mexico" as
photo reference for my interpretation of it for Challenge 3.  I had all kinds of ideas about what I wanted to paint, questioned myself if maybe a pencil drawing or pastel might work and be fun.  Last night when I was restless and couldn't get to sleep I got up and painted quite a long time in my art
studio.  The acrylic painting to the left is what I decided would be fun and different as far as my submissions so far.  I'm calling it "Sunflower Serenade" it is acrylic on 8"x10" canvas.

I am truly enjoying the challenges in my creative life and all aspects of my family and life here in New Mexico.

This will be a busy weekend with commitments on Saturday, including the Hearts and Stars benefit event at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico where my oil painting will be auctioned off along with other beautiful artworks.  I wish I could be there but prior commitments make that not possible though I will be there in spirit waiting to hear that they have reached their goal in benefiting the Taos Men's Homeless Shelter.  If you're in the area Saturday evening check it out.  Who knows, maybe you'll be that person that falls in love with my painting and has to have it.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

When I Get Out of My Own Way Amazing Things Happen!

During the month of January I became aware of the obstacles I place in my own way as an artist when wonderful opportunities start appearing.  I have been using "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron again the past month or so.  I have gone through this book probably four or five times now though this time I decided I would go at my own pace and take my time.  It has been wonderful and very eye opening for me.  She talks in the book about sabotaging ourselves and I became very aware of my fear of success, which I read is fairly common among artists.

1st acrylic painting
First I made the decision to once again participate in the #twitterartexhibit which will be held this year in Moss, Norway.  I painted my first acrylic submission which appears to the left.

2nd rendition
I then received an invitation to participate in the "Hearts and Stars" 2015 event being held at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico to benefit the Taos homeless.  While discussing my new opportunities opening up with my friend and chiropractor, she asked me to think about submitting a piece of artwork to an organization she participates in that is having an upcoming ball with a silent auction.  As I started to consider these new opportunities I started questioning my first rendition/submission for the #twitterartexhibit and did some revision.  To the right is my second rendition of the same painting.

Gentle Giant Hollyhock
The next week I was invited to participate once again in the "Let's Paint New Mexico" website/challenge where a photo is presented to New Mexico artists each week and we submit our interpretation/artwork of that photo. I got very excited remembering that when I participated in this last year it provided wonderful growth and exposure so I started on this painting challenge right away.  To the left is the Challenge one picture and to the right my 8"x10" oil painting interpretation.

Taos Inspiration
Now I started thinking about the upcoming timelines for having submissions mailed and completed and questioning my abilities to first make those timelines and second my abilities as an artist.  The I'm not good enough, so and so is really an artist and I'm an amateur, etc.  I then got back into the reading and doing of "The Artist's Way" and in my writing discovered my fear of success and made a decision to take one thing at a time and wrote many affirmations telling myself I AM an artist, I CAN make deadlines, I CAN create beautiful, unique art and I CAN succeed.  Then came my third and final rendition/submission for the #TwitterArtExhibit shown to the left.

Winter Chamisa
It seems that as soon as I became determined to create my art came one of my biggest personal
challenges.  The second challenge picture arrived from the "Let's Paint New Mexico" group, it is shown to the right.  When I looked at this picture I could see nothing but bland, dry, brown, colorless landscape.  I told myself I just wouldn't make a submission for the second challenge yet as I was reading and I'm not sure where I saw it, but somewhere a sentence stood out to me.  It said something to the effect that God can see the beauty in even bare and colorless areas.  I thought about "The Artist's Way" saying that God is a creator, therefore as an artist, I, too, create.  I magnified the photo and looked for color and instead of going to bed found myself in my art studio painting onto a blank canvas.  The photo to the left is the oil painting on 10"x8" canvas and my translation of the Challenge 2 photo.

Spirit of Taos
I finished my oil painting submission for the "Hearts and Stars" 2015 benefit and hurried to get it framed and packaged for shipping to Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos.  I'm happy to say that this painting went through very slight addition in one area around the little church in the foreground before framing and shipping it out.  It has been delivered as I type this and I'm excited about it's presentation and showing at their event happening Saturday, February 7th.  To the right is the oil painting "Spirit of Taos" on 10"x8" canvas.  It will be available at their auction and I have donated the sale price to aid the homeless of Taos so pray someone will buy and cherish it.

As I type this I am still in the process of formulating an idea and painting the oil painting for my friend and chiropractor's equine association silent auction though I feel I have walked through my fear of success and have begun my next leg of my journey as an artist.  I feel overwhelmingly grateful to all the people who encourage, help, support and honor me with their friendship.  As I gather experience and confidence I realize how very blessed I am to have a Creator who is my source and supply of whatever I need to succeed in life.  Already 2015 is proving to be one of immense growth and opportunity for me, hence the title of my post this month "When I Get Out of My Own Way Amazing Things Happen!"

During my above process two paintings were done that I'll post here.  One was an acrylic of Taos Mountain on 10x8" canvas and the other a miniature done at the same time in it's final frame, I call it "Small Wonder" and may enter it in a miniature show in the future.

Thank you to Dick Blick Art Supplies for always having all the art
supplies that I use and providing excellent customer service, I've provided a link to their online store at the top right hand of this art blog.  Please give a look, they have some of the best prices around.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wonderful Beginning to 2015

We had a wonderful beginning to 2015 with the arrival of out of state family on New Year's Eve and visiting and catching up New Year's Day, then going over to Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque for dinner at their buffet that evening.

Changes are in the air as I anticipate and prepare for more exposure of my artwork in 2015.  2014 was a wonderfully refreshing and renewing year for me personally with more networking with other artists.  I am working on my submission for the upcoming 2015 Twitter Art Exhibit which will be held this year is Moss, Norway where it began.

Thank you for all of your "visits", encouragement and support.  I'm hoping to have more of my artwork online and available for purchase and possibly a new website soon.  I will post updates as things change and evolve.

Friday, December 19, 2014

San Felipe Pueblo Christmas Bazaar was Wonderful - Feeling Creative

My husband and I had a wonderful time last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the San Felipe Pueblo Christmas Bazaar.  We gained more experience, made new friends, had some sales, and really enjoyed all the other vendors and beautiful artwork as well as being invited and so warmly welcomed to be a part of this event. Towards the end of the event on Sunday fully decorated Christmas trees were raffled off to benefit the San Felipe Pueblo Elementary School and they also raffled off some beautiful artwork and items donated by vendors.

Here are some pictures taken over the weekend.

I was asked to participate again next year in the Twitter Art Exhibit (#TwitterArtExhibit) which will be held where it started out in Moss, Norway. The opening will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 7-9pm with the show running from March 12 through March 26, 2015.

More information can be found at:  http://www.twitterartexhibit.org/

Here is a picture of an original acrylic painting I did last night/early this morning.  I plan on painting
several postcard size paintings and then choose one to submit for the Twitter Art Exhibit.  This one is "Taos Inspiration" and is 6"x4.5" on watercolor postcard. I even decided to paint a "faux frame".  I like the way it turned out.